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William Shakespeare’s ‘Mid-Summer Nights Dream’ Essay

  • Submitted by: psdsangdon
  • on November 24, 2012
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 547 words

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In Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, there are lots of things happening such as obstructions that interfere lovers, preparing a play by workmen, small fights between fairy king and queen. Among those deeds, ‘obstructions that interfere lovers’ has the greatest importance. As Lysander says “The course of true love never did run smooth,” (1.1.134), there are several impediments that disturb the relationships between lovers. Throughout the play, we can recognize that lovers had uneasy time to find and marry the real person that he/she really loves.

The first difficulty that lovers face is an arranged marriage which is organized by Egeus, the father of Hermia. Which means Egeus wants his daughter to marry Demetrius while she loves Lysander. For example, Egeus criticizes Lysander by saying “And stolen the impression of her fantasy with bracelets of thy hair, rings, gauds, conceits, knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweetmeats messengers” (1.1.32-34). He expresses his resentment about Lysander. However Hermia responses to Egeus saying “So I will grow, so live, so die, my lord, ere I will yield my virgin patent up unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke my soul consents not to give sovereignty.”(1.1.79-82) which means I will rather die than marrying to the person that I don’t really love. Therefore Egeus is very irritated with her daughter’s stance and the situation. To conclude, Hermia strongly opposes to marry the man that she doesn’t really love.

Another obstruction is laws of Athens, stating a father has an authority to organize his daughters’ marriage and if the daughter doesn’t follow his decision, she will probably get severe punishments. It means Hermia does not have any other choices other than marrying Demetrius, or else she will get a death penalty. For example, Egeus says “Or to her death, according to our law immediately provided in that case” (1.1.44). Since he says this, if Hermia doesn’t follow his decision, he has intentions to make an...

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